This classic research monograph develops and illustrates the theory of linguistic structure known as Cognitive Grammar, and applies it to representative phenomena in English and other languages. Cognitive grammar views language as an integral facet of cognition and claims that grammatical structure cannot be understood or revealingly described independently of semantic considerations.
Langacker assembles and revises a number of his papers to explain how the cognitive linguistics framework, launched in the late 1980s, accommodates the many facets of linguistic organization, and to explore its central claims about the nature of grammatical structure. He has added a new preface to the 1991 first edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Langacker [...] has been one of the most productive and visible of the cognitive linguistic theorists, and one of the most influential in bringing linguistics as a discipline into line with the compelling work of other cognitive theorists in social science fields."Eve Sweetser and Patricia Hunt in: Semiotica "The most coherent and detailed body of research in cognitive linguistics." H. Stephen Straight and Mathew T. Davidson in:International Studies in Philosophy